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Wanderings and Adventures in the Interior of Southern Africa

By Andrew Steedman

1835

Longman and Co : London

9" by 6"

x, 330pp; v, 358pp

DETAILS

The first edition of this work detailing nineteenth century travel in South Africa.

Illustrated, with six plates and a large folding map of South Africa to volume I. Eight plates to volume II. Illustrations to this work of animals are by W Harvey, 'from specimens in the Author's possession'. Lithographs are by T M Baynes. The view of Fort Wiltshire is by Mr Turvey. Collated, complete. Bookplate to front pastedown of both volumes, Henry Hepburn Bright. Bound by Saul Solomon and Co, Cape Town, with the label to the front pastedown. An uncommon work. This work reflects on the geography, flora, fauna, hunting and colonies in South Africa during the nineteenth century. Steedman's work also highlights several 'new and undescribed animals'. Steedman first arrived at Cape Colony in 1820 as an independent settler arriving on a settler ship. He ran a successful business in the colony which then enabled him to fund his travels in search of natural history specimens. Over the years Steedman collected over 300 animals, including many that had not been seen before. Upon his eventual return to England and prior to the publication of this work he held an exhibition of his animals.

CONDITION

In half calf bindings with marbled paper boards. Externally, generally smart. Light rubbing to the joints and to the extremities. Heavy rubbing to the boards. Spines have faded due to rubbing. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, Henry Hepburn Bright. Binder's stamp to the front pastedown, Saul Solomon and Co, Cape Town. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper to both volumes, dated 1926. Internally, both volumes are firmly bound. Tissue guard to plate at page 9 to volume II is loosening. Pages are generally bright. Heavy spotting to the first and last few pages, with occasional scattered spots and the odd light tidemark throughout.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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